Filming in Marin County and Unincorporated Areas

Permit Alerts: Marin County Parks are processing new applications, with some caveats.

1. Applicants are asked to confirm which property they wish to use and are directed to our County Parks web page Shelter in Place Location Updates. These open/closed locations will be revised as new county health orders are issued.
2. Once a location is confirmed, they receive the usual permit application documents
3. Below is the email message sent to the Open Space District permit holders. New permit applicants will also need to follow this protocol for the foreseeable future and provide a Site-Specific Protection Plan (there is an online fillable form through the link in item #2 below). This also applies to our Regional Parks.

Essential Businesses and Outdoor Businesses, as defined by the May 15, 2020 Marin Public Health Order, may resume use of Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) preserves when done so in alignment with current Marin County Health Order(s) and existing and/or new permit conditions.  This includes, but is not limited to, providing and adhering to certain COVID-19 safety protocols for you, your staff, and clients, and conducting your business in a manner that does not put MCOSD staff or the public at risk for COVID-19.  

If you wish to resume permitted use of MCOSD preserves for your Essential Business / Outdoor Business, you must first do the following: 

  1. Review the Guidelines for Businesses section of the Marin Recovers website. Marin Recovers is a partnership between public health officials, business and community leaders to provide recommendations about how each sector of commercial and community operations can reopen safely. The reopening process is anticipated to change over time in response to public health data, and the latest updates to guidelines for business and the public will be maintained on the Marin Recovers website at Marin’s process follows state guidance, accounts for local health conditions, and includes a robust partnership with local governments and the business community. 
    1. Find guidance for your specific business type in the left navigation bar
    2. If you do not see your specific business type listed, please submit your inquiry here.
  2. Create COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) per guidance from  Marin Recovers Guidelines for Businesses site, current Marin County Health Orders, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  3. Provide MCOSD with a letter or email with your business name stating that you have reviewed the current Marin Recovers Guidelines and Marin County Health Order(s) and have prepared a site-specific protection plan (SPP) for your business and use of MCOSD in alignment with current Guidelines / Health Order.
  4. Forward your completed SPP to MCOSD to file with your permit.

Please remember there may still be parking restrictions at some MCOSD preserve access locations. Parking restrictions may continue or be reinstated; it is up to you to observe the parking regulations and park appropriately.

Below are some additional links that may be of help:

Filming in County Parks and Unincorporated Areas 

1. Filming in Marin Municipal Water District
For all inquiries contact:
Laurie Offenbach, Film Permit Coordinator
Marin Municipal Water District
Phone: 415-945-1180
Land Use Regulations Permit allowed during daylight hours only

2. Filming in Marin County Parks - includes Upton Beach (north of Stinson Beach)
For all inquiries contact:
Jen Fujimoto/Office Assistant ll 
Marin County Parks
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 260
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone: 415-473-7608
Fax: 415-473-7192
Location List and Maps

Must permit a minimum of 10 business days in advance/10 hour day maximum

3. Filming in Marin Open Space Preserves 
For all inquiries contact:
Jen Fujimoto/Office Assistant ll 
Marin County Parks
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 260
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone: 415-473-7608
Fax: 415-473-7192
Location List and Maps

Must permit a minimum of 10 business days in advance/10 hour day maximum

4. Filming on County Roads, Highways and Unincorporated Areas of Marin County
Marin County Department of Public Works
Land Development Division
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 304
San Rafael, CA 94913
Phone: (415) 473-6530
Fax: (415) 473-3799
Must permit a minimum of 5 working days in advance

Film Permit Road Regulations for Marin County

For Marin County Public Works, Land Development website:

For Film and Encroachment Permit Forms: MarinCountyFilmPermitForms

A Film and Encroachment Permit must be obtained from DPW for filming on all Marin County maintained roads. Film permit applications must be submitted a minimum of three days in advance of requested dates of filming. The filming fee is $500 per day plus a one-time encroachment fee of $256.77. The permit needs to be kept at the site.

Once the application and paperwork have been approved through the county, coordination of the actual filming on roads or highways should be made by first contacting:
For California Highway Patrol support, contact the CHP Film Media Relations Officer at the CFC:
California Highway Patrol Liaison
Officer Kristi Cardoza
Phone: 323.860.2960 x 103
Cell: 213-703-2070

Local Marin CHP Contact:
Officer Robert Winnie 
California Highway Patrol - Corte Madera
Phone: 415-924-1100 x 241

5. Filming on the Golden Gate Bridge
For all inquiries contact:
Priya Clemens, Public Affairs Director: 415-317-2222
Email:, 30-day advance request required
Film/ Photo Permit Information:

6. Filming at the Marin Civic Center/Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Building
For all (film/photo) interior building inquiries contact:
Tammy Taylor, Marin County Community Development Agency
Phone: 415-473-7873

For all (film/photo) exterior building inquiries contact:
Land Development Department
Marin Civic Center
Phone: 415-473-3755 (Monday through Thursday)

7. Filming at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, Showcase Theater, and Fairgrounds
For all (film/photo) interior and exterior inquiries contact:
Libby Garrison, Marketing & Communications - County of Marin 
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903 
Phone: 415 473 6014


View running video of Conzelman Road in the Golden Gate Recreation Area (GGNRA)